Hello, and welcome back! While I'm staying in the a/c as much as I can here, I hope that all of you are avoiding this heat wave as well, staying cool and hopefully well-entertained with one of the many July romances available. I have my last three here to share with you all before I dive into the August books for next week.
Silence the Whispers (Avon) by Cait London, who is one of those 'auto-buy' authors for me. This time out, Cameron Somerton meets Hayden Olson and sparks fly, but not all good ones. Long ago, young Cameron was kidnapped, and when she was freed, things were different. It appeared that Hayden's late father committed the crime, but he and his family have never believed that, and he's come back to find out just what happened all those years ago. This one is not very fast-paced, and, once Cameron's secret is revealed, the rest of the mystery isn't too difficult to figure out. This one was a little disappointing for me, but if you don't care that you know whodunit before the reveal, there's plenty of heat between Cameron and Hayden to keep you interested in their relationship for the duration of the book.
Magic Man (Signet Eclipse) by Patricia Rice is next, with the last book in her 'Magic' series, with those wonderful Malcolms and Iveses. Aidan Dougal is always around when he's needed by the Ives clan, but he's too proud to ask for the help he needs to solve his own enormous problem. Moreso, though, when he discovers the truth about his heritage. Mora Abbott was adopted by a vicar and his wife after the death of her mother, but now that they're gone, she's free to find her way, to try to find the father she never knew, and her friend Christina is only too happy to help her with her search. I normally read very quickly, no matter the pace of a story, but I tried very hard to read this one slowly, knowing I wouldn't get to read any more new Malcolm/Ives tales. This one is just as wonderful as its predecessors, but I'm heartbroken that it's the last of the series. This one has earned four and a half of Cupid's five arrows. I hate to see this series end, almost as much as I hated reaching the end of this book.
On a Highland Shore (Pocket) by Kathleen Givens is up last, with the first in a new Scottish series. Margaret MacDonald's life is normal for a woman living in the Highlands in the middle ages, rife with attacks from Vikings, planned betrothals. Gannon MacMagnus should not be in her life plans, but sometimes plans change--or go right out the window. While filled with excellent detail and set in one of my favorite places in the world, this one didn't grab me. Maybe it's the pacing, maybe it was just that I'd read another very slow-moving story right before it, but I just couldn't get into this one. I'm going to hold onto it and try again another time, simply because of the setting and time period, which I love. But I didn't love it on the first read, unfortunately.
Until next time, happy reading!